If you're in the market for a subcompact sedan, shopping for one has just become even more difficult as The Covenant Car Company Inc. (TCCCI), the official distributor of Chevrolet vehicles in the Philippines, has just rolled into its showrooms the new Sonic.
Initially available as a four-door sedan, the Sonic is the long-overdue replacement of the Aveo. Powered by a new-generation 1.4-liter engine, its 99hp output is 6hp more than that of the Aveo (although pulling power is the same at 130Nm of torque). The engine also features a double continuously variable cam-phasing system that, Chevrolet claims, results in better power delivery and efficiency.
As we've reported numerous times before, the Sonic's exterior carries Chervolet's signature dual-port grille and has exposed headlamps reminiscent of high-performance motorcycles. This motorcycle-inspired design continues in the Sonic's cabin, particularly with the detailed instrument cluster that features a large, round analog tachometer set within an asymmetrical LCD readout and a large digital speedometer display.
Sonic buyers can choose from either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. According to the American carmaker, the inclusion of a six-speed torque converter-based automatic transmission in its lineup makes the Sonic the first car in its segment to offer such an option.
The pricing for the Chevrolet Sonic sedan is P778,888 for the manual-transmission variant and P828,888 for the automatic-slushbox version.
TCCCI says we'll get the five-door Sonic hatchback next month.